Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Advice to Obama: Do More to Promote 'Home Security Audits' Throughout U.S.A.


When United States President Barack Obama someday makes a long-distance phone call to me from The White House in which our nation's head of state politely asks me for advice on how he can more effectively lead this entire country, I would be sure to reply with the following:

----One of the most important civil rights that President Obama can help protect for all American citizens is the civil right to enjoy full freedom from crime inside their own private residence.

In this way, President Obama can help to promote and strengthen the civil right of each and every American citizen to enjoy a full and healthy and happy and year-round sense of hearth inside his or her own home.

As a consultant to President Obama in that phone-call from The White House scenario, I would also urge Mr. Obama to publicly promote the "Home Internal Security Audits Industry" at the earliest opportunity.

President Obama could do that in part by urging all Americans throughout this entire nation to please pursue an effective crime-prevention strategy by paying a fully bonded 'home security audits' professional service to inspect their own home or apartment unit as soon as possible.

As part of that on-site inspection, the Home Internal Security Auditor could identify each and every possible point of entry into that home or apartment unit or condo unit that could conceivably be entered illegally by a would-be burglar or would-be rapist or other criminal person.

That full inventory of any and all possible points of entry into that home or apartment unit or condo unit could then suggest strategies on how to make that private residence as safe and fully secured and burglary-proof and crime-free as possible.
This, in turn, could help to significantly reduce the crime rate throughout our entire nation, which would also boost Americans' well-being and medical health and creatively-vital productivity level in a very pervasive and felicitous manner.

Friday, March 7, 2014

MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE QUOTATIONS FROM WRITERS, POLITICAL LEADERS, AND OTHERS

---"An occasional compliment is necessary to keep up one's self-respect. ..When you can't get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one." --- American author and humorist Mark Twain, in a notebook observation he reportedly wrote in 1894.

---"I can last two months on a good compliment." --- American author and humorist Mark Twain.

---"Self-criticism is the secret weapon of a democracy." --- Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic Party Presidential Candidate in 1952 and 1956 (this quotation recalled from my memory of having once read this great 1950s observation by Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois, and I will continue to search for the exact occasion and date on which then-Governor Stevenson offered this memorable observation in the 1950s).

---"Never despair!" (English translation of the Latin phrase "Nil Desperandum!") -- Horace, or Quintus Horatius Flaccus, (65 BC to 8 BC), a very influential poet and prominent citizen of the Roman Empire during the reign of Emperor Augustus.

MY 2014 ADVICE TO U.S. PRESIDENT OBAMA, IF HE EVER CONTACTS ME TO ASK FOR MY ADVICE ON HOW HE COULD IMPROVE HIS PERFORMANCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE


My advice to President Obama:
---You should do more to focus our nation's attention on the great strength that the United States could derive from developing a mutually-friendly and mutually-helpful and mutually-respectful relationship with our next door neighbor to the north, Canada.

---You could urge Congress to approve the annual proposed binational celebration of an "American-Canadian Friendship Day" each year that highlights and promotes the many ways in which American society and Canadian society benefit from and help to strengthen each other.

---You could repeatedly and publicly declare your goal of presiding over the nationwide establishment of a truly first-rate network of treatment programs for which any American citizen of any age could qualify for assistance on ridding themselves of their own addiction to marijuana or cocaine or heroin or methamphetamine or any other illicit drug; or their own addiction to drinking alcohol or tobacco products.

----You could urge Congress to approve financial incentives for private-sector employers throughout the United States to themselves each sponsor random drug testing on any and all of their employees, including their Chief Executive Officer, on a semiannual basis for each and every person employed by that company.

Results from those random drug tests could then serve as a basis for that company requiring that any employee who failed a random drug test must agree to participate in a company-sponsored drug-treatment program aimed at helping that employee to rid himself of his or her addiction to marijuana or any other illicit drug as soon as possible.

Any employee failing a random-drug screening test who then refuses to enroll in a drug-treatment program, could be fired from his job with that company on that basis. Also, any employee who participates in a drug-treatment program and later fails a random drug-test administered through his employer on at least two separate occasions, could himself be automatically fired from his job on that basis.

---You could ask the federal government to sponsor or co-sponsor a series of 30-second public-service announcements featuring a variety of famous and popular American professional athletes or varsity collegiate athletes or Hollywood actors or professional musicians, for that matter, who each declare to the America people why they themselves are very proud to be a TATTOO-LESS AMERICAN, and WHY THEY ARE VERY PLEASED WITH THE NATURAL LOOK OF THEIR OWN BODY THAT THEY WERE BORN WITH!

---You could call the world's attention to the Freedom of Speech-minded American society's great support for anyone's and everyone's legal right and human right to verbalize criticism of any and all religious denominations or religious congregations or religion-sponsored events or religion-sponsored institutions, including any and all religion-sponsored "educational" programs or "educational" institutions.

You could emphasize to the entire world that the American Constitution and the American legal system strongly disagree with the premise of many Moslems, for instance, that any criticism of their own Moslem religion, no matter how civilly worded the criticism, should be regarded by those Moslems as an invitation for violent retaliation by themselves.

You could emphasize your own view that the United States Constitution does NOT protect the so-called "legal right" of any religious group to attempt to censor or suppress the civilly-worded views on religion or politics that are held by individuals who are NOT themselves members of the former religious group.

---You could ask the Justice Department to help American society and the American legal system determine whether a religious group or religious-sponsored institution that responds to criticism of itself in a violent and illegal manner, or that engages in or advocates or serves as a spawning ground for violent activity in violation of the law, has thereby forfeited its own "Freedom of Speech" and "Freedom of Religion" rights that would otherwise have been extended to that religious group or religion-sponsored institution by the U.S. Constitution and the American legal system.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Noteworthy Statements Made to Me By Others In The Period Since May 1987

---"No one is brainwashing you. You are brainwashing yourself, John." -- Michael Stephens, editor of the "Lockhart Post-Register" general-circulation newspaper based in Lockhart, Texas, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1988 or 1987 from my parents' home in Westlake Hills, Texas, to the Lockhart newspaper office of Michael Stephens, a former coworker of mine at "The Daily Texan" student newspaper at UT-Austin.

---"I (Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, a kindly native of Iowa) already know how this is going to turn out, so I am not worried about it." --- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, my biological mother, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1989 or 1990 to Mother's and Father's home in Westlake Hills, Texas, from my rental duplex-apartment unit in West Texas---an apartment unit in which I lived alone in Big Spring, Texas. I was a full-time regional-beat reporter for "The Big Spring Herald" daily newspaper during that same time period.

---"The primary intent behind the manipulative circumstances in your own life these days is for your own intellectual benefit" (a near-exact quote, with the word 'manipulative' being an exact ver batim quote of his comment to me). -- Kent Neal McMillan, my oldest biological brother, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1990 or 1991 to Kent's and his wife's home in Austin, Texas, from Sweetwater, Texas, where I was employed full-time during that time period as an education-beat reporter and Roscoe-football-beat sports reporter for "The Sweetwater Reporter" daily newspaper. It is possible that the exact wording of the statement that Kent volunteered to me in that early 1990s long-distance phone conversation was instead: "The primary intent behind the manipulative circumstances in your own life these days is for your EDUCATIONAL benefit." In my entire life, I myself have never requested any "educational" services violating my own privacy rights in any way.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Part III of Who Definitely Does Not Qualify for Prospective Membership in my still-one-member (myself, only) and Non-Christian Progressive Prohibitionist Religion

----Anyone who believes that the "hymnal book" for a religious service should contain any of the following words in that hymnal book: "God" "Christ," "Almighty," "the Lord," "Creator of the Universe," "Jesus," etc.

----Anyone who believes that ANY piano playing or electric guitar music or organ music should ever be featured during any event or service sponsored by their own religion.

---Anyone who opposes church-sponsored monitoring of and factual reporting on the noise-pollution level, or decibel level, at any church-sponsored event.

----Anyone who believes that a religious group SHOULD NOT strive to diligently and conscientiously protect the hearing capacity and medical health of any and all members and employees of that religious group.

----Anyone who supports "thought control" projects of any type.

----Anyone who supports the view that religion should sponsor speculations or comments about an expected or cited "afterlife" for anyone in a context in which no modern scientific evidence has been provided as of that time that proves conclusively that any type of "afterlife" for any human being upon the death of that human being does, in fact, occur.

----Anyone who believes that a religious congregation should ever serve to any of its members foods, such as deep-fried donuts or conventional ice cream or candy, that are high in saturated fats or very high in sugar content and very lacking in vitamins and minerals.

---Anyone who believes that a religious congregation should ever serve or offer wine or any other alcoholic beverage of any type to any member or employee of that congregation at any time.

---Anyone who is uncomfortable with a religion that would seek to limit the use of drinking alcohol to its usage as a flavorful ingredient in cooking, with one example of that being "cooking sherry."

--Anyone who is uncomfortable with a religion that sponsors "Pederasty Prevention Workshops" and "Pederasty Prevention Discussion Groups" and "Pederasty Prevention Symposia" that are aimed at helping to promote and help achieve a significant reduction in the per-capita incidence of sex crimes violating the legal rights and human rights of minors (minors being definable in Texas as any and all persons age 16 or younger, according to the state penal code of Texas).

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Best Advice That Anyone Ever Offered Me

---"Anything worth doing, is worth doing right!" -- Dr. Calvin McMillan, my father, in advice that Father repeatedly offered me during my childhood inside our family's home in Westlake Hills, Texas.

---"Go East, Young Man!" -- Professor Donald Gillmor, a Media Law Scholar at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, in cheerful in-person oral advice he kindly offered me in 1984 inside his faculty office in Murphy Hall on the campus of that public university in Minneapolis. The Canadian-born Professor Gillmor in his advice to me was borrowing and modifying "New York Tribune" editor Horace Greeley's famous "Go West, Young Man!" advice, but with an Eastern Seaboard Emphasis in Professor Gillmor's own witty advice to myself.

----"Don't live your life with the intent of striving to be 'popular'. You don't need to be popular with anyone." --- Dr. Calvin McMillan, my biological father, in an emphatic statement he made to me in the 1970s inside our family ome in Westlake Hills, Texas. Father took pride in giving his own often-blunt and very candid opinions about a wide range of topics, including deplorable destruction of the environment in Texas for which my professional ecologist Father faulted many Texans as having an alarming role in that damage to the environment in our state.

----"Whenever you travel out of town on a business trip, always try to accomplish at least two career-related objectives on your trip (approximate quote)." -- Steve Fox, the managing editor at "The Journal" daily newspaper in New Ulm, Minnesota, in emphatic oral advice he offered me in 1980 on how I could increase the number of feature stories and news stories I was writing as a regional-beat reporter for that New Ulm-based newspaper. If I was planning a trip to Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, in order to interview a former nun there, for instance, I should make a point of also identifying and scheduling an interview with some other resident of Sleepy Eye who also might make for a good feature story, Steve Fox's helpful advice reminded me.

----"Never quit a job until you have been hired for a new job!" -- Ann Rotramel, a podiatrist and former landlady of mine with the nickname of "Doc Ann," during a long-distance phone call I made in 1986 to her home in New Ulm, Minnesota, from my rental apartment unit in Quincy, Massachusetts.

----"I (Doc Ann Rotramel) recommend that you lead a completely celibate life and remain single throughout your entire life. Living alone and being single are preferable to living with or being married to someone you are not compatible with! (approximate quote)." --- Ann Rotramel, a lifelong single lady and landlady of mine in New Ulm, Minnesota, in helpful advice she offered me in 1980 or 1981 during an in-person meeting I had with her inside her podiatry office in downtown New Ulm. Her medical clinic was situated directly below my apartment unit, and was situated virtually next door to the newspaper office building where I was employed full-time as a regional-beat reporter in the newsroom of "The (New Ulm Journal" daily newspaper.

----"As a private attorney and regular reader of 'The Journal' here in New Ulm, I urge you to move from New Ulm, Minnesota, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, as soon as posssible! It seems to me (attorney Roger Hippert of New Ulm, Minnesota) that you have not lived very much. If you move to Minneapolis, that will give you lots of valuable life experience that will be very helpful to you in your career ambition to write fiction!" --- Roger Hippert, a youthful German-American gentleman and married man and kindly father, and a personal friend of "The (New Ulm) Journal" daily newspaper managing editor Steve Fox, during a 1981 visit that Roger Hippert made on his own initiative into the newsroom of "The Journal", a visit in which Mr. Hippert then chose to approach me in the newsroom of that workplace for me and urge me to move to Minneapolis as soon as possible for the sake of my thereby enhancing my own ability to become a successful fiction-witer for my expected eventual career, Mr. Hippert suggested.

----"I don't care what you write, as long as it is well-written!" --- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, my kindly mother, in advice she offered me in 1986 inside her and her husband's family home in Westlake Hills, Texas.

----"Since you are definitely a direct descendant of the Rev. William Brewster, head chaplain on the Mayflower, and you are also a gentleman of good character, you should easily qualify as an individual dues-paying member of the William Brewster Society that's headquartered in New England (approximate quote)." --- Cousin Jack Dane, a first-rate private attorney in the Quad cities region of Iowa, in a long-distance phone call I made to Cousin Jack Dane in the first decade of the 21st Century from my rental apartment unit at Wind River Crossing Apartments in Austin, Texas. Shortly after that helpful telephone conversation of mine with Cousin Jack, I was officially approved that same year for individual membership in the William Brewster Society honoring the first full-term Puritan Governor of what is now the U.S. Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

----"The key to life is to adapt successfully to changing circumstances in your life.(a very rough approximate quote, recalled strictly from memory)." --- First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, in one of the books she wrote that I enjoyed reading several decades ago.

---"The Mormon Church opposes thought-control projects, so I urge you to develop friendly dialogues with Mormons. The Mormons would feel comfortable with your own emphatic opposition to thought-control projects (approximate rough quote)." --- Dr. Michael Kim McMillan, an older brother of mine who is himself a chemistry researcher and medical researcher at Keck Medical School of the University of Southern California in the Los Angeles area of southern California, in an E-mail letter that Dr. Michael Kim McMillan wrote and sent to me from his official USC Medical School professional E-mail address in 2013, I believe it was.

---"The two nationalities in the entire world that I personally regard as the friendliest and I (Dr. Calvin McMillan) recommend to you the most are the people of Scotland and of Australia. I learned this through my extensive travels throughout the entire world as a Botany researcher. I might add that the Asian Indians I met in India were quite warm to me, which was particularly impressive in view of the widespread extreme poverty that can be found in India of the 1970s (approximate and very rough composite quote combining several separate comments that Father made to me in the 1970s)." --- Dr. Calvin McMillan, my biological Father, himself with an exclusively Scottish and English ancestry, who in the summer of 1991 made a point of himself volunteering to me on the telephone from his home in Westlake Hills Texas, that he was very dismayed by a reported scandal about an "unethical British media company" apparently headquartered (?) in England that Father complained to me about on his own initiative during a long-distance phone call I made to Father's and Mother's home in Westlake Hills, Texas, from my rental home private residence in Cuero, Texas, a city where I was employed as a full-time regional bureau reporter for the "Victoria (TX) Advocate" daily newspaper.

----"If you want something done right, do it yourself!" -- Dr. Calvin McMillan, my father, a Professor of Botany at The University of Texas at Austin, in advice he frequently offered me in the 1970s during my teenage years in Westlake Hills, Texas.

----"The best neighbor is a fence!" --- Dr. Calvin McMillan, my father, in expressing his own view of neighbors during my childhood. That comment to me from Father helpfully underscored the value of protecting one's own privacy rights inside one's own home.

----"When you feed squirrels outdoors at your apartment complex, I recommend that you only use unsalted nuts for that. If you feed squirrels salted nuts, the high sodium levels could kill those squirrels." --- Kent Neal McMillan, my oldest brother and an Austin-area resident, in helpful practical advice that Kent offered me either on the telephone or possibly in person during one of Kent's early 2006 visits to the apartment complex where I have resided in northwest Austin ever since August 2001.

---"You should never judge the architecture of a building based on the exterior appearance of that architecture. The key additional question should always be: Is the building both attractive and, in addition, comfortable and practical to work in or live in for those persons who actually are employed in that building or who actually live in or visit that building (rough approximate quote)?" ---Kent Neal McMillan, my oldest brother and a former architecture student at The University of Texas at Austin, in oral advice Kent helpfully offered me in person or on the telephone in 1978, I believe it was, during a period in which I wrote and had published a full-page feature-spread article for "The Daily Texan" student newspaper at UT-Austin on the overall caliber and style of architectural contributions to the campus of The University of Texas at Austin by a prominent architect called Bubie (sp?) Jessen.

----"Be a columnist. Novelists are a dime a dozen." --- Mark Williamson, then an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, in advice he offered me in 1983 or 1984 on the telephone during a local phone call I made to his private apartment unit in Minneapolis from my own top-floor efficiency apartment unit, also situated near the main campus of the University of Minnesota.

----"Be serious and see what happens. If you are serious enough, the usual fools will accuse you of being funny, and you are on your way to becoming a humorist." (approximate quote, recalled by me from memory)." -- Russell Baker, an oped columnist who wrote satirical humor columns for "The New York Times," in a 1983 or 1984 signed reply letter on official "New York Times stationery" that Mr. Baker in the northeastern U.S. kindly wrote and mailed to me at my top-floor efficiency apartment where I was living alone in that apartment unit near the main campus of The University of Minnesota in 1983 or 1984 in Minneapolis.

----"You are off to a good start (in your pursuit of a column-writing career). Keep writing and re-writing, and remember what Pete Hamill once said. Writing is the most difficult activity in the entire world that does not involve heavy lifting" (approximate quote, recalled strictly from my current 2014 memory of that 1980s letter to me from Ms. Goodman)." --- nationally syndicated and Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Ellen Goodman of "The Boston Globe" staff, in a 1984 or 1983 signed reply letter on "Boston Globe" stationery that Ellen Goodman very kindly wrote and mailed via the U.S. Postal Service from Boston, Mass., to my second-floor efficiency apartment unit address near The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

---"I believe in One World. Any contribution you can make to the United States or any other nation in this entire world is admirable." -- Dr. Calvin McMillan, my father, during a December 1990 outing for himself and myself in which Father drove me from his and Mother's home in Westlake Hills, Texas, to the airport in Austin.

---"I recommend that you always live in an English-speaking nation, regardless of whether that ends up being a foreign nation where English is the primary language spoken. Your writing skills in English are so strong that it makes good sense for you to remain in an English-speaking country." -- Dr. Calvin McMillan, my father, during a December 1990 outing for Father and myself in which Father drove me from his and mother's home in Westlake Hills, Texas, to the airport in Austin.

---"You can accomplish whatever you set your mind to do!" --- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, my beloved mother, in emphatic advice she repeatedly offered me inside our family's home in Westlake Hills, Texas, during the 1960s and 1970s.

---"Just smile as a new employee at that Whataburger chain-restaurant job you just got hired for along Barton Springs Road in Austin, and act like it's the very best job in the entire world!" -- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, my kindly mother, in well-intended advice she offered me in person in 1986 inside her and Father's home in Westlake Hills, Texas.

---"I (Elspeth Rostow) was sorry to hear that you had turned into a desk clerk in Minneapolis. I (Elspeth Rostow) hope you will return to pursuing a professional career, such as newspaper reporting, as soon as possible (rough approximate quote)." --- Elspeth Rostow, then-Dean of the School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, in a 1981 long-distance phone call I made to her faculty office on the east campus of UT-Austin from the lobby of the Parkway Motor Hotel where I was employed as a motel desk clerk in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Parkway Motor Hotel at that that time was situated near Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am very sure that I would have made that 1981 long-distance phone call to Dean Rostow solely at my own personal expense, and that Parkway Motor Hotel definitely was not billed for that long-distance phone call I made that morning in 1981 upon conclusion of my midnight-to-8-a.m. "graveyard" shift at Parkway Motor Hotel.

----"I recommend that you make sure you have as much health insurance coverage for yourself as you can possibly get (approximate quote)." --- Ernie Motloch, a former work supervisor of mine at Souper Salad Lakeline restaurant (a corporate-owned chain restaurant situated near Lakeline Mall in Williamson County, Texas), who has himself generously offered me very kind and constructive and polite and very helpful advice on the telephone this 21st Century for many years.

---"If something specific and tangible comes up in the way of criminal activity that violates your own legal rights, I definitely recommend that you press criminal-law charges through the Austin Police Department in Austin, Texas." -- Ernie Motloch, a former work supervisor of mine and people-friendly businessman who has very kindly agreed to provide me with a very favorable reference to any prospective employer for myself that might ever at any time contact Ernie in regard to myself. Ernie offered me that helpful advice in 2012 or 2013 on the telephone after I repeatedly complained to Ernie on the telephone and through E-mail letters I wrote and sent to that kindly gentleman and married man that I had myself been victimized by alleged illegal intruders or alleged criminal persons inside my bolt-locked apartment unit who allegedly had subjected me to alleged personal injury crimes during my sleep----and also during periods in which I was conscious and awake in regard to alleged possible contamination of my foods and beverages--- inside that top-floor, vaulted-ceiling, one-bedroom apartment unit where I myself have resided ever since January 2002 in northwest Austin.

---"You should take pride in your very natural and healthy very strong emotional and aesthetic affinity and enthusiasm toward many of the law-abiding heterosexual men your age or younger, and many of the law-abiding heterosexual women (approximate and very rough quote, with some elaboration from myself at this time for the sake of clarification of what the advice means to me today). As a morally and aesthetically straight and law-abiding and permanently alcohol-free and cleancut as well as clean-talking and anti-marijuana-minded and law-enforcement-minded single adult Anglo gentleman, you are a good match for the straighter crowd" (a very rough approximate quote, with some elaboration by me at this time for the sake of clarification about what that advice means to me today)." ---- Michael Crothers, a self-identified fiction writer and English as a Second Language instructor and kindly older gentleman, during a 1991 or 1990 long-distance phone call I made to him at his Mother's home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

----"All of your own friends can be heterosexual! Just keep on going the way you are going in your civil and law-abiding lifestyle, and you will easily achieve that long-term goal for yourself!" --- Sarah Goodfriend, a former schoolmate of mine at Stephen F. Austin High School of Austin Independent School District and a former varsity cross-examination debate competitor representing Austin High School (along with her debate partner, Carrin Patman), in very reassuring 1990 or 1991 personal advice on the telephone that Sarah Goodfriend kindly offered me from her private residence in the northeastern United States, or possibly in North Carolina, during a long-distance phone call I had made to Sarah's private residence from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

----"You could be one of the most handsome men on this entire campus at Washington University in St. Louis, if you would just lose some weight!" --- Susan Reynolds, the daughter of a male medical physician in Fort Hays, Kansas, who was herself a female classmate of mine, pre-med student, and college dormitory neighbor of mine, in very helpful and constructive oral advice that Susan Reynolds kindly offered me in 1975 or 1976 on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The diet plan I ended up using shortly after that advice from Susan was a diet plan I already knew about from having myself on my own initiative mail-ordered and purchased and obtained a low-carbohydrate-diet-strategy book during my senior year or junior year of high school in the Austin area of Texas. A matter of weeks after Susan Reynolds offered me that very helpful advice, her college roommate who had been pre-assigned to room with Susan in the fall semester of 1975 by the Washington University administration, Robin Warshawsky, in early 1976 offered me very memorable and inspirational praise when I happened to run into Robin outdoors one day near Wohl Center Cafeteria on that private university campus. "John, you look great!", Robin Warshawsky, a very attractive and articulate female classmate of mine at Washington University in St. Louis and a polite neighbor of mine residing in the same student dormitory as myself on that campus, commented to me. Robin, who was herself from Allentown, Pennsylvania, made the inspirational comment to me that I will always savor as very special after I had reduced my weight to exactly 200 pounds as a student at Washington University (my height was 6-foot, two and one-half inches).

Sunday, February 16, 2014

'VOICES' AND BACKGROUND NOISE POLLUTION ON THEIR MINDS: VARIOUS TEXANS AND OTHER AMERICANS AND ONE BRITISH-GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE VOLUNTEER THEIR IMPRESSIONS AND OBSERVATIONS

---"The voices don't do justice to you!" --- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, my biological mother, in an emphatic statement she volunteered to me during a May of 1987 long-distance phone call I made to my parents' home in Westlake Hills, Texas, from an outdoor pay telephone in downtown Quincy, Massachusetts.

----"I (Dr. Calvin McMillan) can't handle the voices! I would prefer that you remain in the Boston area in order to work this out!" --- Dr. Calvin McMillan, my biological father and a retired Professor of Botany at The University of Texas at Austin, in a late 1987 emphatic comment that Father made to me on the telephone during a long-distance phone call I made to my parents' home in Westlake Hills, Texas, from an outdoor pay telephone in Quincy, Massachusetts.

---"You can get the voices to end overnight!" -- Mrs. Josie Barnes, the Far East Asian-born wife of Dan Barnes, himself a polite tennis player and nice Anglo gentleman who was employed during that time period as a staff member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., during a one-to-one meeting I had in 1987 with Mrs. Barnes inside that married couple's private residence in either Cambridge, Mass., or Boston, Mass.

----"I (Kent Neal McMillan of Austin, Texas) urge you to go from physician to physician as long as it takes until you have finally succeeded at permanently and lawfully terminating this very unwanted and unpleasant connection involving yourself and the unethical person who's been sadistically violating your own privacy rights in this manner (approximate quote)." --- Kent Neal McMillan, in very emphatic advice that my oldest brother offered me on the telephone in 1987 during a long-distance phone call I made to him and his wife's home in Austin, Texas, from a workplace of mine in Boston, Massachusetts.

----"The voices will go away immediately as soon as this phone conversation we are having at this time is over." --- Jason Seiken, then a full-time reporter for "The Patriot Ledger" daily newspaper in Quincy, Massachusetts, in a 1987 or 1988 observation that that professional newspaper reporter chose to volunteer to me on the telephone during a long-distance phone call I made to the newsroom of "The Patriot Ledger" from an outdoor pay telephone along Bee Cave Road in the tiny suburb of Rollingwood, Texas, a municipality situated between Westlake Hills, Texas, and Austin, Texas.

----"The voices will continue for a long, long time." --- Jeremy Crockford, then a full-time reporter for "The Patriot Ledger" daily newspaper in Quincy, Massachusetts, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1988 to the newsroom of that New England Press Association member newspaper's main office from my parents' home in Westlake Hills, Texas.

---"I (Mrs. Phyllis McMillan) don't think the voices are necessary!" --- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, my biological mother, in an emphatic and helpful comment that Mother kindly made to me on the telephone during a local phone call I made to her in 1988 from a pay telephone at a two-story apartment complex situated along Nueces Street a few blocks west of The University of Texas at Austin. During that period of my residence at that apartment complex, I was informed that one of the other male tenants at that same apartment complex was a younger relative of the world-famous singer and musician Willie Nelson of the Austin area.

----"I (Dr. Madalyn Murray O'Hair) can't handle the voices! Get him out of here as soon as possible today!" --- Dr. Madalyn Murray O'Hair, in a very loud and angry verbalized outburst from Dr. O'Hair that I could easily hear from the room of her American Atheist Press office building where she was employing me at that time as a proofreader. Minutes after Dr. O'Hair's emphatic outburst, I was asked to meet with Robyn Murray O'Hair, my immediate supervisor at American Atheist Press. In that very brief meeting, Robyn Murray O'Hair abruptly informed me that since I had been overheard earlier that day making a local phone call to the Travis County Lawyer Referral Service from my assigned proofreading desk area in that office building, and since I had been overheard stating to the Travis County Lawyer Referral Service that I needed a private attorney to help strengthen my own privacy rights at the workplace, this was proof of my own insubordination and grounds for immediate dismissal of me, Ms. Robyn Murray O'Hair sternly informed me in her office.

----"Judging by your own internal thought process, it's hard to identify your own intellect. Your internal thought process makes you come across as stupid, in fact. It's only when you put your thoughts into writing that anyone would see your own intelligence." --- my oldest biological brother, Kent Neal McMillan, in a surprising disclosure he made to me on the telephone in 1988 or 1987 during a local phone call I made to Kent's and his wife's home in Austin, Texas, from a pay telephone in front of a convenience store along Guadalupe Street across the street from the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.

---"Keep you thoughts away from me (Professor Lewis Gould)." -- Professor Lewis Gould, a Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin, during a local phone call I made in 1987 or 1988 to Professor Gould from my parents' home in Westlake Hills, Texas.

---"You can get the voices to end. Just ignore them, and they will go away." --- Professor Donald Gillmor, a Canadian-born professor of communications law at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1988 or 1989 either to Professor Gillmor's private home in St. Paul, Minnesota, or possibly to Professor Gillmor's academic office at Murphy Hall on the main campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, from my rental duplex apartment unit in El Campo, Texas. I made the phone call to Professor Gillmor during a 12-month period in which I was employed for 12 consecutive months as a full-time reporter for the "El Campo (TX) Leader-News" general-circulation newspaper in El Campo, Texas.

---"When the voices end is anyone's guess. But when they do end, you will have incurred a major obligation to the gay community of Houston, and I (private attorney Douglas Horde (sp?) of Houston) will expect you to have an extensive involvement with the gay community of Houston at that future point." ---Douglas Horde (sp? Hoarde?), a private attorney member of the State Bar of Texas, during a 1988 or 1989 phone call I made to Mr. Horde in Houston, Texas, from my duplex rental apartment unit in El Campo, Texas---El Campo having been a coastal-area city where I was reporting full-time in late 1988 and for nearly all of 1989 for the "El Campo Leader-News" general-circulation newspaper in Wharton County, Texas.

---"Even if you were to visit Great Britain, you would find that the voices you have complained to me about in this phone conversation we're having today would merely continue throughout your entire visit on the British Isles (approximate quote). So your traveling to Great Britain on an overseas trip would not do you any good." --- a male official of the British Consulate in Houston, Texas, during a 1990 or 1991 long-distance phone call I made to his British Government office in Houston, Texas, from my rental apartment unit in either Big Spring, Texas, or Sweetwater, Texas.

----"I (Carol See) am sure the people of Great Britain would be interested in listening to the voices, if you were to travel to England at some future point." --- Carol See, a longtime personal friend of mine, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1990 or 1991 to her and her husband's home in Columbia, Maryland, from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

---"John, would you try to recall someone from your distant past who DOESN'T WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOU? Would you please make every effort to stop having ANY MORE THOUGHTS ABOUT THAT PERSON?" --- Sarah Goodfriend, a former schoolmate of mine at Stephen F. Austin High School of Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas, amd a former colleague of mine on the Austin High debate squad, during a 1990 or 1991 long-distance phone call I made to Sarah Goodfriend's private residence in another U.S. state from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

---"I (Kent Neal McMillan) find it noteworthy that the voices you are hearing these days seem to refer to the northern California city of San Francisco quite a bit. As you know, John, San Francisco, California, holds a very special significance for our family because that was the city where your mother and father got married inside a Swedenborgian church. So San Francisco as a motif for you may well call to mind the entire theme of your subconscious quest to yourself develop a mutual-consent relationship with a sexual romantic partner. This may explain why you yourself believe you are hearing lots of verbalized references to San Francisco on the part of the voices in the background there in Sweetwater, Texas." -- Kent Neal McMillan, my oldest biological brother, in an observation that Kent volunteered to me on the telephone in 1990 or 1991, during a long-distance phone call I had made to his and his wife's home in Austin, Texas, from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

---"The voices seem to be expressing anger and irritation. I would recommend that you look upon the voice committee members as prospective friends of yourself, and try to stay on good terms with them as much as possible." --- Kent Neal McMillan, my oldest biological brother, during a 1990 or 1991 long-distance phone call I made to his and his wife's home in Austin, Texas, from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

----"I (Kent Neal McMillan of Austin, Texas) have MY REASONS for wanting the voices to continue!" --- Kent Neal McMillan of Austin, Texas, in a very surprising comment that my oldest biological brother volunteered to me during a long-distance phone call I had made in 1991 to Kent's and his wife's home in Austin, Texas, from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

----"I'm sure that Kent (Neal McMillan of Austin, Texas) would like to see the voices end as soon as possible." --- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1991 to my mother's and father's home in Westlake Hills, Texas, from a Ford automotive dealership in downtown Sweetwater, Texas, where a used Ford sedan of mine was being repaired at the time I made that long-distance phone call.

---"Even if the voices were to end at some point, you might still be subjected against your wishes to dishonest circumstances involving dishonest news and information services you might be subjected to in your own life." --- Kent Neal McMillan, my oldest brother, during a 1990 or 1991 long-distance phone call I made to Kent's and his wife's home in Austin, Texas, from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

--"The voices may continue for the rest of your life, John." --- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, my biological mother and a native of Johnson County, Iowa (the county seat of which is Iowa City, Iowa), during a long-distance phone call I made in the summer of 1991 to Mother's and Father's home in Westlake Hills, Texas, from the rental home in Cuero, Texas, where I was myself residing alone and employed full-time as a Cuero bureau news reporter inside that rental home for the "Victoria (TX) Advocate" general circulation daily newspaper durring that time period.

---"You can get the voices to end with yourself continuing to lead a completely celibate lifestyle as a single gentleman." -- Kent Neal McMillan, my oldest brother, in a 1992 or 1993 long-distance phone call I made to Kent at his and his wife's home in Austin, Texas, from my "Pampa Daily News" newspaper workplace in Pampa, Texas. At the time of that phone call, I was employed full-time as an education-beat and regional-beat and general-assignment reporter as well as occasional crime-beat reporter for that daily newspaper in the Panhandle region of Texas. Kent's comment was an oral assurance to me on that particular issue during a multi-month and multi-year period in which I had myself been subjected against my wishes to lots of unpleasant anonymous rumors expressing defiance of my own legal and human right to myself lead a completely celibate lifestyle.

---"You could probably get the voices to end sooner if you move to the Midwest region of the United States." --- Victoria Loe Hicks, a reporter and editor for "The Dallas Morning News" daily newspaper in Dallas, Texas, during a 1995 or January 1996 long-distance phone call I made to Victoria at her newsroom office in downtown Dallas from my private apatment unit in Baytown, Texas. I made that particular long-distance phone call to Victoria Loe Hicks either a matter of days before I resigned from my full-time sports-reporter position at "The Baytown Sun" daily newspaper or shortly after I resigned from that position of employment in Baytown, Texas, in order to myself pursue a full-time and reporting and editing job as Editor in Chief of the "Denver City (TX) Press" general-circulation newspaper in Denver City, Texas. That full-time position of employment for me in Denver City, Texas, began for me in early 1996.

---"Just a voice from the past," private attorney Ellen Thorne (married name Ellen Thorne Skrak) of New Mexico chose to succinctly conclude a long-distance phone call I had made to her private law office in Albuqerque, New Mexico, from a telephone I used in Denver City, Texas, I believe it was, in 1996.

----"The voices can end spontaneously at any time." --- Carol See, a longtime personal friend of mine, during a long-distance phone call I made to her and her kindly husband's home in Columbia, Maryland, from a pay telephone during or shortly before my relocation from Denver City, Texas, to Palestine, Texas, in either December 1996 or January 1997. In that same phone conversation, Carol See added: "If you develop a mutual-consent sexual relationship with any other adult human being, that might help to end the voices." Also in that phone conversation, I believe that Carol See also stated to me that "the voices can end only after you undergo a very thorough and very comprehensive medical examination of your own medical health."

---"Are you hearing voices, John?" --- A male detective for the Austin (Texas) Police Department (APD) during a polite sit-down meeting I had in 1997 with that APD detective and five or six other APD officers inside a meeting room as we all sat around a very large table in APD headquarters in downtown Austin. That detective, or possibly one of his colleagues also attending that meeting, then volunteered to me inside that APD meeting room: "I (the cited APD detective speaking to me in person during the tenure of the Anglo-identified APD Chief Stan Knee serving as the official head of that municipal police department) need to let you know at this time that you (John Kevin McMillan of Austin, Texas) are pressing criminal charges through this meeting you are having with us today at APD headquarters." I indicated to that APD officer that I was very aware of that implication from the meeting, and that I definitely wanted to myself press crime charges at that time in regard to alleged violations of my own privacy rights, including alleged violation of my legal right to myself enjoy full freedom from any and all alleged stalking, that allegedly comprised a flagrant violation of the state penal code of Texas. In the multi-decade period since that meeting in 1997, I would estimate that 15 different APD police officers on 20 or more separate occasions have on their own initiative each asked me in person whether I was "hearing voices." I have consistently replied, very accurately and very honestly, that I myself was NOT hearing ANY voices that the APD officer posing the question to me was not himself also hearing.

----"The anonymous rumors you are yourself being repeatedly subjected to against your wishes in Austin, Texas, about various cited individuals from your own past whom you have chosen to permanently exclude from your own life, SOUND MORBID!" --- private attorney Ellen Thorne (married name Ellen Thorne Skrak) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, during a long-distance phone call I made in the summer of 1997 to Ellen's law office in Albuquerque from a telephone I used near or at the Camino Real Apartments apartment complex where I was residing at the time. During that same summer of 1997, Ellen Thone (married name Ellen Thorne Skrak) wrote and mailed to me a signed legal letter on the official stationary of her law firm, stating that attorney Ellen Thorne Skrak advised me to contact the American Civil Liberties Union in Austin about alleged violations of my own Constitutional rights in Austin, Texas, Ellen Thorne Skrak indicated in that very kind and helpful follow-up signed legal letter to myself.

---"I (former "Daily Texan" student newspaper reporter Margaret Watson of Dallas, Texas) am appalled by the voices you are hearing in the Austin area that are incessantly and repeatedly verbalizing to you the verbatim statement, 'Why don't you just commit suicide?'. I (Margaret Watson) definitely agree with you that you SHOULD NOT yourself be subjected to sadistic and injurious background anonymous voices of that type! (approximate quote). -- Margaret Watson, a married woman, UT-Austin School of Communications alumnus, and former professional investigative newspaper reporter at the daily newspaper in Tyler, Texas, during a long-distance phone call I made on April 27, 1997, to the private residence in Dallas, Texas, of Margaret Watson and her kindly husband, professional photographer Tres Watson of Dallas, from my parents' home in Westlake Hills, Texas. I made that long-distance phone call to convey my implicit "birthday wish" in 1997 that the suicide-taunts from background anonymous voices that were being allegedly repeatedly inflicted on me hundreds or thousands of times per day by anonymous persons unbeknownst to me during that time period, would end as soon as possible. And immediately after I made that birthday-wish long-distance phone call to Margaret Watson on my birthday of April 27, 1997, from my parents' home in suburban Westlake Hills, Texas, I felt very relieved to notice that the verbalized death threats of that type to which I was being subjected against my wishes diminished significantly beginning on April 27, 1997, based on what I observed as an apartment tenant at the Marquis-managed Camino Real Apartments near UT-Austin and in my capacity as a gainfully employed single adult gentleman in Austin, Texas. I might add that my own devotion throughout my adult years to seeking to myself have the best possible medical health for myself and the best possible creatively vital medical lifespan for myself, has been and continues to be very strong---so much so that I have assigned very high priority for many years to my obtaining adequate health insurance for myself, whenever possible, and to my leading a healthful dietary lifestyle accompanied by plenty of exercise and pursuit of athletics by myself.

---"If you are in fact hearing actual background voices here in Austin, Texas, on a continuous and year-rond basis, that is all the factual evidence I (private attorney John F. Campbell) need that SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KILL YOU, JOHN!" --- private attorney John F. Campbell, a very distinguished early-1960s alumnus of The University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas, during a one-to-one legal consultation meeting I had with Mr. Campbell in 1997 inside his Campbell and Morgan Law Office near UT-Austin. That meeting was paid for in full through my own dues-paying membership in a legal-aid service that a female Human Resources officer for a State Government of Texas state-agency employer of mine in 1997 had invited me in person to enroll in as an individual member of that legal-aid plan. The same Mr. Campbell wrote me a signed follow-up letter in 1997 or 1998 in which he urged me to refrain fron myself ever contacting the Austin Police Department or the Travis County District Attorney's Office with any criminal-law complaint of my own during that time period. Mr. Campbell emphasized in that signed follow-up letter on his official law-firm stationery that I should instead direct any and all criminal-law complaints of mine to private attorney John F. Campbell, and let Mr. Campbell then contact the Austin Police Department or the Travis County District Attorney's Office in Austin, Texas, and thereby assist me in filing criminal-law complaints through his private law firm with those two law-enforcement agencies, Mr. John F. Campbell emphasized to me in writing.

---"It seems to me (Meg Traver) that I (Meg Traver) am hearing faint voices in the background as a female tenant and neighbor of yours at the same apartment complex, View Point Apartments near UT-Austin, as yourself." --- Meg Traver, a self-identified college student in Austin, Texas, and former resident of suburban Rollingwood, Texas, near Austin, in a surprising 1997 or 1998 in-person disclosure that Meg Traver made to me as we stood outdoors chatting with each other in the parking lot of the View Point Apartments complex. View Point Apartments during taht time period housed numerous college students, including numerous UT-Austin students, as well as adult persons who were not attending college.

----"The anonymous rumors you are hearing throughout each day here in Austin, Texas, about cited persons from your own past whom you have rejected, suggest to me (Andrew Berzanskis) that the individuals verbalizing those rumors to you against your wishes are bored and have run out of things to talk about." --- Andrew Berzanskis, a college student enrolled at the time at The University of Texas at Austin, during a local phone call I made to Andrew in 1998 or 1999 from my View Point Apartments efficiency apartment unit about five blocks west of the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Andrew Berzanskis is the son of a former helpful coworker of mine, Mrs. Cheryl Berzanskis, who herself wrote social news items and police news items as a staff member in the news and editorial department of "The Pampa (TX) Daily News" in Pampa, Texas.

----"I (Julie McMillan Lechtenberger of Houston, Texas) have never denied that you are hearing actual, verifiable, background voices on a continuous daily and year-round basis in Austin, Texas. But that should not affect your earnings capacity at all. If you lose a job because of the background voices at your workplace, you can find another job." -- Mrs. Julie McMillan Lechtenberger, my biological sister, during a 1999 long-distance phone call I made to Julie and her private attorney husband's home in Houston, Texas, from my rental apartment unit at View Point Apartments, an apartment complex situated about five blocks west of the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Julie's husband specializes in intellectual property rights law, she also informed me during the 1990s.

---"The voices can end right here in Austin, Texas, with yourself alive and well at the time." -- John Broders, Story Assignments Editor and Assistant to the Editor in Chief at "Texas Monthly" magazine, in a 2000 or 2001 local phone call I made to John Broders during a work break of mine in which I used a state agency telephone in the lobby area of my state agency workplace at the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to contact the statedly friendly John Broders. I was employed full-time at that state agency of Texas during that period as a clerical employee, and I worked for that state agency and, immediately before that, as a full-time clerical employee for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Austin, Texas, for roughly one and one-half consecutive years in Austin, Texas.

----"Please, don't go on with your complaint to me (a Temple Beth Israel synagogue staff mebmer) today on the telephone about the unwanted voices you allege that you are being subjected to while on duty at your Burnet Temporary Employment Services agency temp-job where you are doing clerical work for Northwest Life insurance company inside that insurance company's office building situated along Highway 183 near Interstate Highway 35 in north Austin. I (the Temple Beth Israel staff member) am not interested in hearing any more about that (approximate quote)." -- a female staff member at Temple Beth Israel, a Reform Judaism religious congregation with their synagogue situated near The University of Texas at Austin, during a 2001 or 2002 local phone call I made to Temple Beth Israel of Austin, Texas, from inside the Northwest Life insurance office building in north Austin. I myself am not Jewish, nor am I a subscriber of Judaism, but I had assumed that my own civil and law-abiding lifelong-non-Christian legal status would elicit a kind affinity and helpfulness toward me from that Reform Judaism congregation.

----"It's NOT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to end the voices!" --- John Broders, Story Assignments Editor and Assistant to the Editor in Chief of "Texas Monthly" magazine, an Emmis media company-owned monthly magazine based in Austin, Texas, during a local phone call I made in the first decade of the 21st Century to John Broders at his magazine office from my rental apartment unit at Wind River Crossing Apartments in northwest Austin.

----"It is possible that you were yourself victimized in the 1980s by a federally-sponsored thought-control research project violating individuals' privacy rights that did in fact occur in the Boston area during the time period when you lived in Quincy, Mass. and elsewhere in the Boston area." --- Boston attorney John Groesbeck, in a surprising disclosure that the highly-rated attorney made to me on the telephone in the first decade of the 21st Century. Mr. Grosbeck offered me that disclosure during a long-distance phone call I had made to his law office from my rental apartment unit at the Westdale-managed Wind River Crossing Apartments in Austin, Texas. Mr. Groesbeck later politely informed me, through a polite E-mail reply letter he wrote and sent to me, that that particular attorney was not willing to file any legal complaint on my own behalf at that time.

----"It would be nice if the voices would end at some point. But in the meantime, it's wise to focus on holding onto your job at your workplace as your priority. That's the tangible and practical issue you face in your everyday life (approximate quote) in Austin." -- Kent Neal McMillan, my oldest brother, during a local phone call I made in the first decade of the 21st Century to my oldest brother at his cell phone number or his cited office phone number from my rental apartment unit at Wind River Crossing Apartments in northwest Austin.

---"The voices that you are hearing are just sick people in Austin who are harassing you." --- Dan Knezek, a computer-industry professional programmer and personal friend of mine as well as tennis partner of mine, in a helpful comment to me in about 2007 that Dan Knezek, a Michigan State University alumnus and very fine gentleman of Czechoslovakian ancestry, volunteereed to me as the two of us stood outdoors in front of the Serrano's Mexican restaurant situated along Anderson Lane in northwest Austin. Dan Knezek made that comment to me a matter of minutes after each of us had dined together and enjoyed a friendly conversation together inside that Mexican restaurant. Later that year, 2007 I believe it was, the very same kindly Dan Knezek wrote and sent me a very helpful E-mail letter from another U.S. state in which he stated to me in writing that Dan Knezek strongly supports my legal right to myself file a successful lawsuit in a court of law in Austin, Texas, against the alleged source or sources of the cited allegedly illegal verbal harassment of myself in Austin, Texas, and also against any other alleged source or sources of alleged illegal conduct victimizing myself in Austin, Texas, in any other context, Dan Knezek very kindly indicated in that personal E-mail letter to myself that he sent me from another U.S. state.

----"I (Lacy Ayoub) wonder what the source of the voices might be." --- Lacy Ayoub, a female assistant manager at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) Duval franchise restaurant situated near the intersection of Duval and Research Boulevard in northwest Austin, in an apparently concerned comment that Lacy kindly volunteered to me in approximately 2008 during a leisuretime visit of mine to her 24-hour-a-day chain restaurant. Lacy Ayoub was later promoted to General Manager of IHOP Duval restaurant. I myself had been a waiter at IHOP Duval restaurant for five consecutive years, from October 2002 through October 2007, with myself having given a full two weeks' notice at IHOP Duval after I accepted a job offer to me in late 2007 to myself join the waitstaff of Village Inn 620 chain restaurant in or near Cedar Park, Texas, in Williamson County, Texas. During my entire five-year tenure at IHOP Duval, I myself was never once subjected to any disciplinary write-up on any occasion by any member of the management team at IHOP Duval.